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Dominican Republic presses sex abuse charges against defrocked nuncio

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Peter Gentle 27.08.2014 15:06
The Dominican Republic has begun criminal proceedings against Archbishop Wesolowski, the former papal diplomat defrocked by the Vatican after paedophile allegations.

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The Italian ANSA news agency says the state prosecutor's office in Santo Domingo has already filed charges, following the Vatican informing on Monday that they have taken away diplomatic immunity from Jozef Wesolowski, the former Holy See representative in the Dominican Republic.

It has been alleged that Wesolowski paid boys to perform sexual acts.

The Vatican defrocked the priest in June and have launched their own criminal proceedings.

Wesolowski has appealed the defrocking.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said, Monday, that Pope Francis was following the Wesolowski case very carefully and wanted it to be handled "justly and rigorously” after declaring 'zero-tolerance' against child sex abuse within the Roman Catholic Church. (pg)

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